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Cataloging and Metadata Department

FY07 Annual Report

 

The department's accomplishments in FY07 underscore the extent to which today's cataloging operations depend on successful collaborations with other areas of the library.  To that end, department staff participated on numerous library committees and task groups; volunteered for InfoPoint, reference desks, and RefChat; provided assistance with cataloging software; offered training sessions and roundtables; consulted selectors regularly; supported satellite collections; updated and developed new interdepartmental workflows; resolved problems; and so on.  With such active and well-integrated catalogers, it is not surprising that progress was made on a number of fronts as described below and, in greater depth, in the following unit and cooperative program reports:  

Copy Cataloging Unit
Science and Social Science Cataloging Unit

Humanities and Special Collections Cataloging Unit

Authorities and Metadata Quality Unit

Principal Serials Cataloger (including CONSER)

NACO
BIBCO

SACO

The FY00-07 statistics for the Copy Cataloging Unit, Humanities and Special Collections Cataloging Unit, and Science and Social Science Cataloging Unit document a continuing shift in production with decreases in copy cataloging and increases in original cataloging.  This trend is fueled by the growing reliance on record delivery through PromptCat and other sources.  As a result, the Copy Cataloging Unit has been able over the last few years to handle more complex copy cataloging records and expand its coverage of non-print material, thus freeing higher level catalogers to focus on original cataloging needs.

In addition to the work described under particular goals below, the following were significant this year:

Also, the department:

A comprehensive batchload record count, which includes batchloading handled by the Acquisitions and Licensing Department, is maintained by the Authority and Metadata Quality Unit.  The unit's FY07 activity included:

New Titles
 
Serials Solutions
3,295
E-books*
2,946
Marcive
12,248
18,489
Deleted Titles
Serials Solutions
-1,270
Revised Titles
BNA Table of Contents
5,897
Marcive
4,054
9,951
   
Total
           27,170
   
*E-books include:
     Books 24x7
1,548
     Gale
32
     Greenwood
7
     History E-books
347
     Knovel
             1,010
     netLibrary
                   2

 

FY07 Goals

Improve interface between Aleph and WorldCat/Open Worldcat

Prepare for Aleph upgrade to Version 18

Participate in reclassification projects for material in branches

Develop non-MARC metadata workflows (EAD, MODS)

Investigate options for a single bib interface in catalog

Assess impact of LC series decision and make adjustments

Support Special and Area Studies Collections Department cataloging priorities (e.g., Cooper Science Collection)

Collaborate with FCLA to develop and employ authority maintenance reports

Expand formats handled by Copy Cataloging

Batchload backlog of Marcive records (detailed statistics - scroll to bottom of page)

Enhance cataloging statistics report to support manager needs as well as to contribute data to local and ARL statistics databases

Provide cataloging support for NEH Baldwin grant

 

Prepared by: Betsy Simpson
September 2007

 

 

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